Look, when it comes to a Scott Coker and Rich Chou-run Bellator consider us believers. Not Beliebers because we aren’t 12 year old girls (are Beliebers a real thing anymore? Has everyone moved on?), but we believe. Strikeforce was the little promotion that could, putting on some of the most memorable MMA events to happen on American soil and doing so with whatever resources they had at their disposal. Now with the muscle of Viacom behind them with Bellator, we have high hopes for a Coker-run Bellator.
Today’s news is just further preaching to the choir that Coker built as the promotion announced the signing of Paul “Semtex” Daley and Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef. Both men are known for their explosive, violent histories in both MMA and Kickboxing. Paul Daley is currently on a crazy, violent streak since his return to kickboxing in 2014, with four wins in a row via knockout, three of which came from his deadly left hand, all were credible opponents.
Manhoef, of course, is coming off of the destruction of Cyborg Santos in their rematch in Brazil as well as competed in GLORY’s Last Man Standing Middleweight tournament against some of the best kickboxers in the world.